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Assignment 3 – Photo Essay Crittenden


For our third assignment, we had to craft a Photo Essay that formulated a story with not only the images or video we provided, but also with sound that narrated the story we were trying to tell. I tried to create a story from something that may be seen as a very simple task and decided to focus on something common for the average college student.


I titled my project “Passing Time” and focused on a subject that was engrained in a simple hobby, playing video games. My own work was interesting to me because at a glance it seems like all this person is doing was playing video games, but as I began to focus on the concentration the subject had on the task he was doing, as well as the body positioning, the hands, and the eyes, it started to tell a story on its own. The focus the subject had was the focus I see many people have when they are drawn in to a game that they are playing. Playing games is such a common past time, and it is funny to see the concentration people will put into their game (but maybe not always their school work).

Making the Impossible, Possible – By Jazmine Reynolds

Selfie by Jazmine

Selfie by Jazmine Reynolds

So, I was both excited and nervous when entering multimedia. I read the syllabus and welcoming letter that was included and I thought to myself, this is going to be a great class. And, it was. Multimedia was, by far, my favorite course since I’ve been at Illinois. It pushes you to go out and make things happen in order to meet a deadline, no matter the circumstances. It drives you to look within yourself and make what you may think is the impossible, possible. In other words, the course assists in molding you to become a responsible, reliable journalist so you’re ready to face the world.

Waterfall by Jazmine Reynolds


As I look back at the past semester, I realized how much each assignment prepared me for the next. Assignment 1 was easy, yet still a challenge. Professor Collins assigned us to take a combination of picture and video shots in order to get to know our camera. The assignment was fun, and the quality of the pictures was amazing! I really felt like a photographer for the day. I also felt better about using my camera for future assignments because it I knew more about how to hold it, zoom in, zoom out, etc.

One Saturday Morning by Jazmine Reynolds

One Saturday Morning 

For the second assignment, the class was assigned to shoot two video essays. One video essay was with natural sound, and the other was without. I decided I could get interesting shots shooting the activities I do while waking up in the morning. So, I took shots of my breakfast and shots of the first things I see when opening my eyes. I shot from the angles I would see things in the morning. What I learned from this assignment is that you can take pictures of just about anything to tell a story. It’s all about the flow of the pictures and the story you want to portray to the audience.

U of I's Arboretum. Courtesy of Google images.

U of I’s Arboretum. Courtesy of Google images.

The third assignment was a video essay, and my favorite assignment to shoot. I took advantage of the beautiful summer weather and shot the University of Illinois Arboretum. The shots were gorgeous! I wanted viewers to take a trip with me through the garden and admire the beautiful flowers the way I did. However, I missed the most important element of the essay: telling a story. It’s important that the photos are arranged in an order so that viewers can feel like they’re taking that journey with you.

U of I's Business Career Fair. Courtesy of Google images.

U of I’s Business Career Fair. Courtesy of Google images.

Next was the audio package. We were finally ready to interview! The audio package was a nice assignment because it gave us a chance to show our journalistic side. We went out, recorded interviews, and then edited them while narrating our own voices around them. We needed natural sound, so I chose to cover the business career fair that was taking place that week. I enjoyed interviewing students and editing the package, but the best part when putting it all together. The finished project is always the gratifying moment for me.

The next assignment was where I hit a bump in the road. It was the full video package. It wasn’t my first time putting together a video package, but I felt as if I was on a time crunch to get all my interviews, edit, narrate, and then put it all together. So, I missed the deadline. Though I still completed my package, my late work could not be accepted. Professor Collins wanted to discipline each one of us to plan ahead, and it was such a learning experience for me.


Scrambled Eggs

Scrambled Eggs

Last, but not least, was my how-to video. I definitely enjoyed both making my video and watching my other classmates’. I made scrambled eggs with cheese, a simple yet essential part of any breakfast. It was fun placing the camera at an angle that captured just what I was doing. I also took advantage of using another program called Final-Cut Pro to edit. I think the finished project came out well.

Shining Light on What's Hidden. Courtesy of Jasmine Dinh

Shining Light on What’s Hidden. Courtesy of Jasmine Dinh

The final group project was, by far, the most challenging. My group members were awesome to work with and very flexible when we hit road blocks, and we definitely hit a few. Our original topic was covering Alzheimer’s. We planned to profile a lady with Alzheimer’s and show the audience a day in her life as well as cover topics on how to care for someone with the disease or events that informed people about it. However, when we couldn’t schedule a time to meet with the face of our topic, we were forced to go on without her and create a different topic, Shining Light on What’s Hidden. We were on a time crunch, and stress levels were at an all-time high! We did a great job pulling it all together. I was so proud of my team. We covered issues that are important, yet hidden in society, like oppression, Alzheimer’s, and depression. I specifically covered how to care for someone with Alzheimer’s. I was very pleased with the finished project. Take a look for yourself!

Overall, this was a phenomenal semester. If I had to recommend one class to any Broadcast Journalism student, I would recommend Multimedia with Professor Collins. Her teaching techniques drive you to impress not only the professor, but to prove to yourself that you can do anything you set your mind to. I learned so much about myself, and I enjoyed being given the chance to push through, even when I thought there was no way. I learned to make what seemed impossible, possible. And for that experience, I am grateful.

For Off the Shelf and Online, this is Jazmine Reynolds signing off.

Yum! Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies



Fall is underway and we all love comfort food around the holidays. Why not make a spin on the infamous chocolate chips cookies by adding nuts to the mix. There are two different ways these delicious cookies can be prepared…one is for the simple a complete box mix and homemade cookies for the intermediate. Here’s my shot at making a batch of delicious cookies for you all to enjoy.

Cookies Storyboard

Assignment 4 Reynolds Audio PKG

UIUC Fall Business Career Fair

So you wanna land a job? Well at last week’s career fair, hundreds of u-of-i students were hoping so! The 2015 Fall Business Career Fair was held at the activities and recreational center, and many students had their resumes in hand hoping to walk away with a job offer.

To complete my audio package, I interviewed Illinois students that attended the Fall 2015 Business Career Fair. I got mixed reviews about the event, which I think made the story better. Hundreds of students attend the event each semester in hopes of landing a job. Check out my package!

For more information on the next Business fair, click here.

Business Cair Fair (Google)

Business Cair Fair (Google)

HERE or is it better to be there.

There’s one thing to be there, but to be at HERE, the name of a brand new apartment complex, means difficult complications and it may not be getting any better. 

For some, this picture doesn't match their current living space.

For some, this picture doesn’t match their current living space.

For residents at 308 E. Green, also known as HERE, things are not quite going as they hoped. HERE began construction at the beginning of the fall semester last year and had planned to be finished by August 2015. But once August rolled by, some apartments weren’t finished in time, which forced residents to find other places to live in the mean time. As HERE quickened the pace in hopes to finish by September, they’re quick work caused some amenities to be left unfinished until later. There are continuous complaints being made, but HERE is doing the best they can. For more on HERE apartments check out their website HERE. 

For a quick report, click here

Assignment 3 Reflection

For assignment 3 we were told to create a video essay similarly to the photo essays previously done . The first story topic I had in mind for this project didn’t fall through so I had a plan B of doing a story on getting around campus in various forms of technology. I thought my video and shot angles have improved some, however I believe that I have to learn to become more steady when I’m doing more of my creative shots.

Additionally I have learned that each story must have a clear focus because if not then the viewers can become confused on what the message and purpose of each shot choosen. All in all i’m looking forward to more improvements along the semester.

Neutral Cycle Operations | Assignment 3 Dinh

Neutral Cycle

Champaign – Urbana’s very own bike shop.

Neutral Cycle is Champaign-Urbana’s very own bicycle shop that offers a variation of services. This year, they are offering bike rents to students at $69 a semester. The $69 package includes free maintenance as well. That way, there’s no need to worry about storing your bike while you’re away on holiday breaks. Aside from the new offer, Neutral Cycle is well known for their quick fixes. The shop has a continuous stream of bikers coming in looking for an affordable fix up. They have a team of specialist who know what they’re doing and can fix your bike up in no time. For any bicycle enthusiasts, check out their webpage here. Neutral Cycle doesn’t stop at service. They care about their community as well and recently they’ve filed 11 FOIA requests to see where the most bicycle thefts have occurred. The results helped them identified C-Us “hot spots,” which are known as locations where the most bike thefts occurred. To see them in action, click here.


Assignment 3 Video Essay Sims

Let’s get around Town! 

Nowadays there are many different ways students can commute around campus. For a campus as huge as the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana students need means of getting from one class to another on time. A transportation guide found online shows which type is most beneficial for the trip’s destination. Some are more budget friendly by using walking and biking as their sole means of transportation. Additionally at the U of I the local city bus is free to students as apart of their tuition per school year.

My video essay features all the possibilities of navigating your way to Gregory hall located in the heart of our campus adjacent to the undergraduate library. Gregory hall is home to the college of media students on the university and features a communication library.




Assignment 2 Reflection Reynolds

I enjoyed completing Assignment 2. The camera quality is great, so I loved taking pictures. I also love the idea of creating a theme for the assignment. The only thing I struggled with was capturing the natural sound for the photo essay with sound. Because my theme involved waking up and getting the day started, I was unsure about what sound to capture as I roamed through my apartment to complete daily tasks like brushing my teeth or pouring a bowl of cereal. However, now I understand that anything and everything has natural sound and it can be captured if listening closely to everything you hear. Overall, it was a learning experience.

One Saturday Morning

One Saturday Morning

Assignment 2 Reflection Sims

A little dash of sugar

A little dash of sugar

Let me start by saying my camera and I have had our fair share of each other. After the first assignment I had to learn how to change the image quality of my pictures to make it easier on myself. Of course that was good ol’ plan C. After getting that figured out the assignment pretty much went smooth sailing. I’m really getting a feel for my camera and love the different angles we were taught in lab because it really makes the photos speak a thousand words. Assignment 2 has showed me this class is challenging but I enjoy it thus far because I know it’ll only advance my skills in multimedia!